Premature deagriculturalisation? Land inequality and rural dependency in limpopo province, South Africa
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 13:47 authored by R. Eastwood, J. Kirsten, M. Lipton
Cross-national regressions reveal abnormally low agricultural workforce shares, given GNP, in developing countries that had historically concentrated land into large capital-intensive farms. We argue that such deagriculturalisation was premature, since its concomitant labour shedding has undesirable outcomes. In a new South African survey, a large proportion of rural households (and working-age persons) was 'dependent', relying for income almost wholly on either migrant remittances or pensions. A separate group (with less poverty and unemployment) relied mainly on local, including own-farm, income. The group was heavily over-represented in one of the three regions, where many more households had significant land.
JournalJournal of Development Studies
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